Office of Academic Affairs

Vice President for Academic Affairs: Dr. S. Bradley Kurtz-Shaw

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) of Northwest Nazarene University is committed to developing the University Community in habits of heart, soul, mind, and strength by offering leadership and engaging in dynamic partnership with the academic and support units of the university. In order to accomplish this function OAA provides: curricular oversight and assessment, faculty development, financial coordination, and strategic planning. The following academic and support units report to the OAA:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Adult and Graduate Studies
  • Academic Services

S. Bradley Kurtz-Shaw

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dan Nogales

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Pitts

Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies

Duane Slemmer

Dean of Academic Services


College of Arts and Sciences

Dean: Dr. Dan Nogales

As a residential campus, students live and work in a community of scholars who are committed to the transformation of the whole person. As we try to understand the truths of the world around us we do so in the context of a Christian community that spans 20 centuries. We serve as we learn and thereby carry our knowledge out into the world around our campus. We are a living, learning, and serving residential community. The College of Arts and Sciences administrates the traditional undergraduate program and is composed of the following departments: Art and Design; Biology; Business and Economics; Chemistry, Communication Studies; Education; History and Political Science; Kinesiology; Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies; Mathematics and Computer Science; Military Science; Music; Nursing; Philosophy and Religion; Physics and Engineering; Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice; and Social Work.


College of Adult and Graduate Studies

Dean: Dr. Michael Pitts

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Northwest Nazarene is home to over 800 students. Students in the College are diverse, joining us from over 37 states and 4 continents. With over 20 degrees offered online or in person, students can pursue the completion of their first college degree, start their undergraduate degree, or pursue advanced degrees (including their doctorate) and certificates in their fields of expertise. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies works to offer degrees that allow individuals to balance the responsibilities of family, study and work. The College recognizes the challenges that face many students and provides quality programming that is accessible in the midst of those challenges.


Academic Services

Dean: Dr. Duane Slemmer

Academic Services is comprised of several departments - the Center for Academic Success & Advising, Doceō Center, Library, NNU Online Support Services, and the Registrar’s Office - with staff, services and resources to help all NNU students be successful throughout their program. All of these resources, with the exception of the Registrar’s Office, are located in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons, the newest campus building, which also provides great spaces for individual or group work.